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Zeke Correll latest 2019 Ohio prospect to earn Buckeyes offer
Ohio State isn’t wasting time offering the best players in Ohio’s 2019 recruiting class. On Thursday night, the Buckeyes offered Cincinnati Anderson’s Zeke Correll, one of the country’s premier interior offensive linemen.
— Zeke Correll (@zekecorrell) May 25, 2017
Correll now holds offers from 10 schools. He had a pretty good idea the Buckeyes offer was on its way.
“I wasn’t sure if it was coming on Wednesday or Thursday,” he told Land of 10 following the offer. “But I knew it was going to happen soon.”
Ohio State has been watching the 6-foot-4, 270-pound Correll closely this spring. He was dominant at Nike’s regional camp for The Opening in Cleveland in early April and has been turning heads everywhere he’s gone. To add an offer from the Buckeyes is something he’s understandably excited about.
“It’s awesome,” Correll said of the offer. “It’s surreal. Ohio State is elite football and an awesome education.”
The Buckeyes are now regarded as the team to beat moving forward in Correll’s recruitment, though his family ties to Kentucky are going to come into play. His father and his brother both played for the Wildcats and his mother was a two-sport athlete at Kentucky. His grandparents attended the school. Two of his sisters were part of Big Blue Nation. How can he possibly decide against that kind of history? It won’t be easy, according to Correll, but there’s also no hurry to make a decision.
“I am going to try and take my time, to enjoy the process,” he added. “My family has their opinions, but everyone keeps it to themselves.”
Amari Burney set to decide: Will it be Ohio State, Florida or Virginia Tech?
There may not be a position more interesting to pay attention to than the defensive backfield when it comes to Ohio State recruiting. Recent NFL draft success has made the Buckeyes the school of interest for players all over the country.
And even with two safeties already pledged for 2018, additional names continue to pop up and bear watching. Earlier in the week we talked about BJ Foster and his upcoming decision (June 5), and today we’re talking about another big-time safety who has set a decision date.
Amari Burney, a 4-star safety from Clearwater, Fla., will make his decision on June 1.
“Yes, sir,” Burney said when asked if he’s still deciding next Thursday. “It’s between Ohio State, Florida and Virginia Tech.”
With a week left until an announcement is made, you’d think Burney would have a decision made already. That isn’t the case, though.
“I will know by Thursday,” Burney said. “Right now, everything is still pretty equal.”
Burney visited Ohio State for the spring game in mid-April and said that things remain very positive with the Buckeyes. Greg Schiano has been at the fore of his recruitment for months and the pair remain in regular contact.
“(Schiano) is saying all the same things he’s always told me,” Burney said of his conversation with the Buckeyes. “He likes my game and loves my speed.”
What may not be ideal for Burney is the fact that Jaiden Woodbey and Josh Proctor are already committed to Ohio State. He says, though, that he won’t be dissuaded by any potential competition.
“No,” he said when asked if the two committed safeties have any impact on his choice. “I’m very comfortable with my game.”
Currently, Florida has 100 percent of the 247Sports.com crystal ball predictions for Burney. A decision that wasn’t for the Gators would be a major surprise.
2018 defensive tackle interested to learn more about the Buckeyes
Earlier this week we talked about 2018 defensive tackle Tramel Walthour, a fast-rising 3-star prospect from Hinesville (Ga.). Ohio State offered Walthour sight unseen on Tuesday, days after he received an offer from his “dream school,” Georgia. The Buckeyes offer came the same day that Auburn and Arkansas also came through with scholarship opportunities for him.
“I had a pretty good day,” Walthour told Land of 10 about that afternoon. “It means a lot to me knowing that the top schools in the nation want me to come play for their team. It’s really exciting and a real blessing.”
Though former Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan and current Georgia freshman Richard LeCounte III played ball at Liberty County, where Walthour plays, he says he’s not that familiar yet with the Buckeyes. He hopes to change that soon.
“I don’t know that much about Ohio State,” he said. “I’m planning on getting to know them a little bit better.
“It was really cool to be able to talk to Urban Meyer.To have him tell me himself that he likes me, that he feels I can play (at Ohio State). That was really cool. My coach and I are going up there this summer.”
What is it about his game that has Meyer and Larry Johnson Sr. interested in the 6-foot-4, 275-pound tackle?
“They told me that off of film, I’m a good run stopper and I have good feet,” Walthour said. “They think I can get after the quarterback on the pass rush, too. They also said they like my frame and size.”
Another Texas QB offered in class of 2019
For the second time in two weeks, Ohio State has gone to the Lone Star State and offered one of the premier 2019 quarterbacks in Texas. In early May, it was Allen’s Grant Tisdale, and on Friday afternoon it’s Roschon Johnson from Groves High School in Port Neches.
— r_johnson1 (@RoschonJ) May 26, 2017
Johnson, who was named MVP of his district as a sophomore, is a top target for the Texas Longhorns and the country’s third-ranked dual-threat quarterback in his class. He already holds offers from Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma, Oregon and a host of other schools that prioritize multifaceted quarterbacks over the traditional pocket passer.
Ohio State quarterbacks coach Ryan Day, with Emory Jones committed for 2018, has been able to spend the majority of the spring evaluation period looking at the 2019 class and he’s found a handful of players who fit the Buckeyes style.
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